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From Trent to Vatican IIHistorical and Theological Investigations$
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Raymond F. Bulman and Frederick J. Parrella

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178067

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178068.001.0001

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“Beset on Every Side”: Reimagining the Ideology of the Roman Catechism (1566)

“Beset on Every Side”: Reimagining the Ideology of the Roman Catechism (1566)

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From Trent to Vatican II

Robert J. Brancatelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Roman Catechism. First, it reviews the historical development of the catechism and critique portions of its text according to Ricoeur's understanding of ideology and distanciation. Second, it shows how the catechism conveys an ideology in which the Church's primary role is to defend itself against threats to its survival and internal structure. Finally, it suggests possibilities for appropriating or reimagining the catechism's defensive posture of Tridentinism in the context of the contemporary Church.

Keywords:   Roman Cathechism, Council of Trent, Ricoeur, catchism

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